Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This Literary Rat's hitting, or rather, I mean "Reading" The Books, This Time,With Joy!!

As many of my writer friends know, I've had a hard time reading books without either jealousy or feelings of inferiority cloud my judgement. Many warned me to start putting my self-pity in check, and they were right, but it just took a long time to get there, but I have and I'm ready to fight back!

I've got a lot of reading to catch up on, and I don't mean books on craft (Though I need all the help I can get with query letters!) but actual books. The novels, Poetry, and nonfiction books I was not able to enjoy because trying to improve my craft like I did, came at the price of not reading like I should, and used to before query letters broke my resolve more than once the last two years.

I know many writers do well thinking about books in this manner, many of my favorite writers go by their own version of the self-study method, but for me, it just makes the frustrations I already felt even worse. For me, books I read for me, and not for school, need to be fun and engage my interests.

I have to first read to enjoy it, and maybe after I can find some technique I can use to help my writing.

But first and foremost, I have to enjoy the book I'm reading, the books that made me decide to be a writer in the first place. I lost touch with that part of myself for too long, when I struggled so hard to fix my weaknesses, but I've got it back and I'll make D*** sure I'll never lose it again.

I'll explain more on what I'm doing differently for the better later on today.

Until Then,
May the Fantastic Fauna Be With You


I'm back! For Good This Time

Readers of T.A.A.,

I'm back, and will be updating reularly from now on, a promise I can and will keep, . I've had to sort out a lot of feelings, fears, and frustrations that held me back, in writing and in life, and while some things are moving slower than I'd like, I will get there, because I believe I can, as I know many of you are doing the same.

I will continue the F.U.N. Factor series articles later on this month, because for the next week or so, I'll be covering topics that both explain why I've been MIA, how I figured out the problem, and what I'm doing now to address and improve the issues I now face.

Stayed Tuned,
May the Fantastic Fauna Be With You,

Your Overemotional Literary Rat,